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Best Bets: Fun things to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: April 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks this week, from “Walking Dead” stars at the Tampa Bay Comic Con to “The Princess Bride” at the Tampa Theatre.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

In the remake of the cult classic “Evil Dead,” a group of twentysomethings holed up in a cabin accidentally summon demons and are possessed until only one is left to fight for survival.

KICKSTART CONCERT

(Friday)

Slide into your weekend at the free Friday Extra Concert Series – now in its 26th year. Tonight hear the jazzy stylings of NJ Ladyfinger at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The Acho Brothers open.

MASTER PAINTER

(Friday)

Ybor City artist Theo Wujcik is the focus of a new exhibit opening at the Tempus Projects in Seminole Heights titled “On a Clear Day,” which features many of the master painter and printmaker's work from the 1960s. The free reception to kick off the exhibit, which runs through May, starts at 6 p.m.

A SWEET SCOOP

(Saturday)

We'll all scream for ice cream at the first-ever Florida festival devoted to the flavorful dessert to be held at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. Don't forget the sprinkles. Admission is $3.

CHILL OUT DOORS

The second annual Chillounge Night Tampa will transform Curtis Hixon Waterfront park into a swanky outdoor lounge with velvet ropes, comfy furniture and a South Beach vibe. There's food from Malio's and music by New Groove City Band. Tickets are $25 to $30.

BUONGIORNO YBOR

(Saturday and Sunday)

The 16th annual Festa Italiana takes over Centennial Park in Ybor City for two days. Festa Saturday features a Bocce Ball Invitational Tournament, Italian Idol competition and more, before Sunday's main event with 30 restaurants serving food, along with grape stomping, cooking demos, games and live music. Festa Saturday is free. Sunday's main event is $5.

GEEK OUT

(Saturday and Sunday)

“Walking Dead” stars Lauren Cohan and Emily Kinney (aka Maggie and Beth Green) will be on hand for the event featuring thousands of comic books, video games, artwork and collectibles, along with panels and other special guests. Admission is $15 for one day or $25 for both.

FARE THEE WELL

(Saturday and Sunday)

Renaissance Festival: Get thee to the final weekend of the annual festival that honors the 1500s; this week's theme is High Seas Adventure and includes a barbecue championship, wine tasting, swab the deck, press-a-wench and best beard competition. Admission runs from $7.95 to $18.95.

HAVE FUN STORMING THE CASTLE

(Sunday)

Or in this case, Tampa Theatre, which screens “The Princess Bride” at its inaugural Family Favorites film series. It's inconceivable that you won't have a good time. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for children for the 2 p.m. screening.

MAKING A “SPLASH”

(Sunday)

Stand-up comic Louie Anderson will practically still be wet behind the ears from his appearance on the reality diving series “Splash” when he hits the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $35 or $50.

NO NEED TO SHOP AROUND

(Wednesday)

My mama told me to head to The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg to hear the smooth sounds of Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Tickets are $49.50 - $79.50.

DESERT DIVAS

(Opening Tuesday)

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” rides into the Straz Center with colorful, over-the-top costumes and ebullient dance floor tunes such as “I Will Survive.” Tickets to experience the story of three drag queens as they journey across Australia run from $44.50 to $79.50.

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